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Nov 21, 2012 5:30pm PST
for israel to stop air strikes and hamas to stop rocket attacks. if that holds for 24 hours, they will talk about border contrs on gaza, and promise no more targeting of hamas leaders. israeli ground troops are mobilized, if there are attacks >> now, i realize that there are citizens who expect a harder military action, and we may very well need to do that. but at the present, the right thing for the state of israel is to exhaust this possibility of reaching a long-term cease-fire. >> reporter: aides say president obama left a summit monday night to call on egypt's president morsi. he then took a call from morsi at 2:30 in the morning, calling again while flying home from cambodia monday night. and in separate calls to netanyahu, mr. obama pressured each to accept, while promising more money for iron dome and other missile defense programs clinton sealed the deal, next went to jerusalem and finally cairo. for final talks with egypt's leaders. nbc's jim maceda has more. >> reporter: morsi, the former muslim brotherhood leader has boosted his credibility with u.s. and israel, and has become a
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Nov 18, 2012 3:30pm PST
, israel appears to have exceptionally good intelligence about hamas and today was able to target individual militants in their homes, but they're also killing anyone who happens to be around them. this was a three-story house of hamas militants. israel says it's using precision strikes against gaza. >> there were eight people in this house when they were attacked and they have already pulled out three bodies. there was total panic as rescue cr crews gasans feel that israel what no regard for life. israel warned gazans to stay away from all hamas locations. this man lived next to a hamas police station. now he doesn't have a home. we can expect anything from israelis. mourners for another hamas militant targeted today, witnesses showed up with the shell that killed the young militants. they say it was fired from an israeli ship. and warships fired more rounds. but that volley didn't stop the funeral. more about expressing defiance here than sadness. they're taking this man's 9-year-old niece to be buriey b. israel wants to eliminate hamas's leadership, but that's coming increasing
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Nov 16, 2012 5:30pm PST
involved and taking sides, like egypt, friend of hamas, and the united states, which tonight is sending naval vessels offshore in case americans need to get out of there. it has been another day of explosions and air raid sirens. it remains a situation on the edge. we have two reports tonight. our richard engel is in gaza, we want to begin, though, with martin fletcher in tel aviv. >> reporter: good evening, they met on the agenda escalating in gaza and a possible ground invasion. the militants are challenging israel, by firing rockets where they never fired them before. a complete surprise, jerusalem, israel's capital, was attacked for the first time today. this picture on the internet, two rockets fired from gaza fell harmlessly outside the city. tel aviv, too, for the second time in two days in two days, the second time the rocket fell in the sea. hamas showing its back has not been broken. there is no rest for the south, either, even while burying the dead from yesterday's raid that killed three people. mourners went into panic, at yet another siren warning for yet another rocket at
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Nov 20, 2012 5:30pm PST
hinted there was a deal. but late today, a spokesperson for hamas, said there would be no cease-fire, at least not tonight. making secretary clinton's job here on the ground even more difficult. secretary of state clinton cut her trip to asia short, diverting to israel to personally help shepherd a possible cease-fire. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> reporter: making her task more difficult, the u.s. has no diplomatic relationship with hamas. a group it labels a terrorist organization. so egyptian president mohammed morsi is playing a key role as intermediary. >> the critical challenge is going to be to make sure that everybody understands the commitments that have been made, the same way, so there's no misunderstandings. >> reporter: even with diplomacy in high gear, today was one of the st violence days yet. an israeli soldier was killed. the first since the conflict began. 150 incoming rockets, 30 alone aimed at a southern town. did you run down t
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Nov 15, 2012 5:30pm PST
, it does look like israel and hamas are edging closer to war in gaza, a war that neither side wants, but it does appear closer with every hour that passes. terror in israel. there is another one, a soldier screams. more than 200 missiles fired at israel today. and in gaza, despair. burying a child killed in an israeli attack. israel today launched at least 200 attacks against palestinian targets, most of them against stock piles of long-range rockets, trying to eliminate that threat against the israeli citizens. and israel's army is massive along the border, with 30,000 on alert for a possible ground invasion, clear warnings. >> i hope that hamas and the other terror organizations in gaza got the message. if not, israel is prepared to take whatever action is necessary to defend our people. >> reporter: but hamas appears undeterred. they say they shot down this israeli drone and attacked tel aviv. where citizens had a 90-second warning. reported almost disbelievingly on the israeli tv, israel targeted for the first time by the hamas rocket, falling harmlessly into the sea. israel's a
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Nov 20, 2012 6:00am PST
, but investigators say the incident may not have anything to do with israel's conflict with hamas militants. now, security there has been increased at that embassy following this strange and sudden attack. >>> the stabbing comes as violence continues to develop in the middle east. this morning more than 100 palestinians are dead as israel continues its air strikes in gaza. half of the palestinians killed are civilians. israel has attacked more than 1300 targets since the attacks began november 14th. but palestinian militants are firing back. this morning at least one rocket fired from gaza landed in a town in southern israel causing damage to cars and a bus. israel is still sending thousands of troops to the border with the gaza strip and has not yet ruled out a ground invasion. lebanon and iran are calling on arab states to help hamas in its fight against israel, but the majority of global leaders are cog for a cease-fire. but israel and hamas have very different terms for a truce. israel wants hamas to stop its rocket attacks and put an end to arms smuggling into gaza. hamas wants israel to st
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Nov 15, 2012 4:00am PST
are on the rise after israelis took out the top military commander of hamas in a ferocious attack yesterday. and just this morning, the first israeli fatalities of the renewed conflict, three people killed in rocket fire from the gaza strip. nbc's martin fletcher has the latest now from tel aviv. >> reporter: palestinians in gaza are on the edge of a confrontation which neither side really wants, but that seems to be what's happening. israeli rocket attacks against gaza targeting the militant leaders of hamas are continuing tod today. they also are continue to attack rocket stockpiles from gaza. israel's goal, of course, is to stop, to prevent hamas from attacking israeli citizens with its rockets. there have been about 850 attacks this year, 100 in the last week alone, so that's what israel wants stop. at the same time, hamas has been retaliating today. at least 130 rockets fired from gaza into israeli cities. about 50 of those rockets were intercepted by israel's homemade antimissile defense system, the iron dome, but one did get through. it hit the israeli town and killed three israeli c
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Nov 19, 2012 11:00am PST
the georgaza strip and 95 peopl have been killed. israel says it does not target civilians and blames hamas for using human shields. richard engel reports. >> reporter: hamas is still firing rockets. about 40 today launched from this area in gaza and into israel. the military has the upper hand. israeli drones and ships have been targeting hamas military leaders killing them in their houses and on motorcycles and in their cars. there are civilian casualties. we went to a funeral for 11 people who were killed inside a home when israel targeted the home of the hamas military leader. he was killed in the home. some were many members of his family. there seem to be efforts to achieve a serious cease-fire. >> i hope over the coming days we can achieve cessation on a bases that is sustainable. >> reporter: the egyptian foreign minister is expected to visit gaza tomorrow. a source close to the israeli prime minister he would prefer a diplomatic invasion. here in gaza, people don't know which way it will develop. a full military assault with israeli tanks coming from that direction behind me or the
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Nov 20, 2012 4:00am PST
with morsi are about, this is the egyptian leader, has the direct contact with hamas. neither united states or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton, i'm told by white house aide, is neither an acknowledgment that things are close, nor do they feel as if things are stuck. they're hoping her presence, first in israel and then in the west bank meeting with the palestinian authority, then in cairo could nudge along the process to see if they could get to a point of some sort of negotiated ceasefire. as far as the united states is concerned, the spokesperson says what that begins with is hamas stopping the rocket fire into israel and a longer negotiated settlement they hope can be agreed upon. >> chuck todd in cambodia. thank you. as he just mentioned, secretary of state hillary clinton is heading directly from cambodia to israel to try to work out that diplomatic situation to the violent escalations of tensions in gaza. nbc's martin fletcher is live in tel aviv for the latest situation there. good morning to you, martin. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. the leaders here, isra
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Nov 21, 2012 4:00am PST
's short term since the leadership of the hamas believes, like osama bin laden and al qaeda in death and destruction. their charter is to destroy israel. it's very difficult to broker a deal with somebody that wants to kill you. they're not changing their charter. the challenge here is how do we make sure that the hamas leadership understands that their motivation should be zero, very negative motivation to try and shoot indiscriminate fire on israeli civilians. >> so how far are you prepared to go? if you're seeing a ceasefire can't be agreed upon if motivation is anything but zero, how far are you prepared to go and are you prepared for the repercussions based on those actions? >> the idea is, unlike the hamas trying to kill civilians and hide behind their own civilians, we are focusing on targeting the leadership. i hope and believe the residents, citizens of gaza will go back to leaders and say do us a favor, stop shooting israel. we need to broker maybe a deal, have some quiet. israel is interested in this. i'm sure most residents of gaza are interested. the leadership of the ha
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Nov 21, 2012 4:30am PST
cease-fire between israel and hamas. secretary of state hillary clinton is also in the middle east trying to help out with those talks. and the white house keeping a very close eye. nbc's daniel lee has new details this morning from washington. >> reporter: the smoldering bus is the latest scene violence in israel. officials say at least ten people were injured in the attack. this, after a series of explosions lit up the gaza sky overnight. the latest israeli air strikes are proof israeli prime minister netanyahu is not backing down without a cease-fire. already more than 100 rockets poured towards israel. now soldiers are standing by, ready for a ground invasion, targeting hamas if necessary. >> we're about to go into -- and fire. nobody wants to -- >> reporter: nobody, including president obama, who arivalled back at the white house this morning after a trip to asia. a trip secretary of state hillary clinton cut short to help negotiate a truce in the middle east. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stability and advances the security and legitimate aspira
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Nov 21, 2012 11:00am PST
news out of the middle east. after eight days of rocket blasts, a cease-fire between israel and hamas after secretary of state hillary clinton met with top officials. in cairo, secretary clinton thanked the president personally. the cease-fire is to go into effect right now. in jerusalem, benjamin netanyahu confirmed the deal. this marks israel's guarantee it will not assassinate any leaders of hamas or any other organization. israel and hamas are committed to restoring calm after palestinians and israelis were killed. secretary clinton exercised a durable outcome should follow the cease-fire. >> the people of the region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> now the agreement comes after this bus in tel aviv sent 19 people to hospital after a blast. though no one has come forward to claim responsibility, hamas praised it. >>> there are reports that the fbi is involved in the investigation of hp's debacle. scott mcgrew updates us with the latest. >> good morning. it is the second america
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Nov 22, 2012 11:00pm PST
your patience, if you're heading out on the roadways. >>> the cease-fire between israel and hamas is holding. the wing of hamas is declaring it a victory over israel. the eight-day war was the worst cross-border fighting in eight years. they inflicted heavy damage on the militants. but hamas leaders say, israel's decision not to send in ground troops, is a testament to hamas' power. >>> many israelis living near the gaza border does not expect the cease-fire to last. one smashed through the roof of a high school. a teacher returned to the school today to get ready for her students' return. >> to do the right thing in the last 24 hours. you know, you don't think so? >> no. it stays quiet for a few days. and then it will start all over again. >> closest to the border, military units were packing up to leave. there's a lot of people in this region who don't think it will be long before they're back at the boarders. >>> here in the bay area, part of san francisco's beach are closed because of a sewer leak. it began when water was leaking from a manhole on to the beach. the public util
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Nov 21, 2012 6:00pm PST
this deal happen and what israel and hamas promised to do. >>> there is peace in the middle east for now. israel and hamas have agreed to a ceasefire. >> janelle wang has the latest developments. she joins us with more from our world tonight. >> reporter: the ceasefire took effect at 11:00 a.m. our time. after seven hours it appears both sides are abiding by the truce. celebrations filled the streets of gaza. no need to hide or run for cover. a truce between hamas and israel to stop fighting. >> the people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence, and today's agreement is a step in the right direction that we should build on. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton announced the deal today with egypt's foreign minister. she flew to the region yesterday to help egypt who served as the mediator to broker the truce. israel agreed to stop air strikes against hamas. the palestinian militant group which ruled the gaza strip. israel says it will ease restrictions at the border to allow palestinians and goods to move more freely. in return, hamas will stop la
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Nov 17, 2012 5:00am PST
and israel, with israel expa expanding its air assaults targeting gaza's infrastructure. hamas is firing back with new longer range weapons, reaching jerusalem for the first time. we've got reporters standing by live in tel aviv and gaza. >>> then we'll introduce you to a pretty incredible 9-year-old girl that was left paralyzed by a car accident caused by a drunk driver. she wanted him to understand just how his actions impacted her life. she wrote a very emotional letter that was read at his sentencing. >>> and it's been a year since michelle parker was last seen. she disappeared the same day she appeared on an episode of "the people's court." we'll get an update on where that investigation stands. >>> cheer leading a fun part of many sports in high school, college and pros, but it can be incredibly dangerous as well and that has a lot of parents worried. coming up, the consequences when things go wrong. >>> a bit later, lauren scruggs is going to stop by. it's been nearly a year since she was injured by a spinning propeller. she's doing amazingly well, but it's been a tough road. she'll jo
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Nov 18, 2012 6:00am PST
at least one hamas rocket shot down overnight by israel's anti-missiles system protecting tel aviv as israel launch aes series of strikes in gaza. >>> courageous choice, a miss america contestant makes a bold choice about her health to avoid the breast cancer that took her mother's life. >>> and one-two punch. in a night of upsets, the top two teams in college football both lose, turning the national championship picture on its head and leaving notre dame fighting irish fans with big smiles on their faces today, sunday, november 18th within 2012. ouncer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >>> and i'm lester holt. a lot of talk of ceasefire between israel and hamas, but certainly not happening. the two sides going in opposite directions launching a series of strikes at each other. we'll get a live update from gaza in just a moment. >>> and then the question so many have been asking in the wake of this sex scandal involving david petraeus, what abo
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Nov 15, 2012 11:00pm PST
the whole story. >> israel launches a military offensive against hamas and then they start tweeting about it. protests spark right here in the bay area. that's next. >>> developing news in the middle east where it's friday morning. that's the gazza strip. israel says it was cease-fire on gazza by a visit to egypt's prime minister to the region on the condition that militants do the same. israel has been moving closer towards a ground i evaluation towards the hamas-controlled gazza trip. they have mobilized tens of thousands of troops while it continued aerial attacks and for the first time palestinian militants ladies and gentlemen rockets in tel aviv. one hitting the city and the other hitting the outskirts. it has killed 19 palestinians and three israelis. but millions are watching the battleground online. both sides using the internet to fight a separate war aimed at public influence. for the latest, gene has more on the social media warfare, jeanne? >> jessica, we're seeing a lot of anger here in san francisco on the street and anger online as israel and hamas launch a war of words. an e
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Nov 14, 2012 5:30pm PST
the top commander of hamas in a tough attack. instantly released on video. our report from martin fletcher in tel aviv >> reporter: here in benghazi, is the military commander of hamas, he was, is, top of israel's hit list for years. accused of being responsible for the deaths of hundreds of israelis. he was killed on the spot. israeli leaders say it is the start of a new offensive, including assassinations against the militant leaders. war planes attacked gaza at least 20 times, killing two more of the drivers on bikes, and two killed here, several injured, including children israel says it had no choice after palestinians in gaza fired at least 100 rockets at israel in the last five days. >> no country would sit by idly and see its civilian population targeted this way. neither will israel. >> reporter: in gaza, they were determined to fire rockets at tel aviv, they say that israel has opened the gates of hell. palestinians have fired rockets at least 13 rockets in israeli towns, no serious damage. israelis warn they could expand the operation, including a ground invasion. and there coul
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Nov 20, 2012 11:00am PST
about the latest accusation. >>> new this morning, a cease-fire announcement between israel and hamas expected at any moment right now. late this morning, hamas officials announcing they reached a truce agreement. nbc's marin martin fletcher has more. >> reporter: with the countdown on the way, the question is what would count first? a ground invasion or a truce? it appears if peace won out for the time being. all indications are it will be within a few hours. the announcement of a truce and end of fighting with israel and hamas and gaza. it could be announced in jerusalem and gaza. there is a slew of arab leaders that will be at the announcement when it takes place. at the same time, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is going to be there. benjamin netanyahu will be there for the announcement. israel will stop rocketing on gaza. the details of the agreement are yet to be negotiated. all will be released later on. it is not clear. in the race between war and ground invasion or peace truce, peace has won out. >>> for men are in fbi custody today. the fbi says the group allegedly p
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Nov 21, 2012 5:00am PST
. right now, threatening to derail an already shaky cease-fire between israel and hamas. "today in the bay's" live in the newsroom with details. >> that bus blast in israel just latest scene of violence between the israelis and hamas. we can show you the aftermath. the window's completely blown out and chaos in the streets of tel aviv where the explosion happened. right near the nation's military headquarters. almost 20 people were hurt. 2 seriously. no one has outright claimed responsibility for the blast. but officials report cheering and praise could be heard in gaza where blasts like this -- we want you to hear this, what's happening overnight, common place. [ shelling ] hard to believe this is really happening while we are asleep. overnight, israeli rocket firepower pounding gaza with at least 30 strikes overnight, proving anything but a cease-fire has been reached. the work of hillary clinton, secretary of state, continues this morning. she met with israeli prime minister netanyahu. this is part of her message to him. >> the goal must be a durable outcome that promotes regional stabi
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Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
targeting hamas militants. at least three israeli civilians have died from palestinian rocket fire compared to at least 50 palestinian civilians. that's largely because of israel's iron dome here. this is a defense system that actually intercepts rockets. now, global leaders calling for an end to all of this violence, but hamas and israel have very different terms set out for a truce. we will have much more on that global reaction coming up for you in a live report happening at 6:30. >>> also new this morning, a landmark presidential visit is under way today. president obama is now the first sitting u.s. president to visit myanmar, also known as berma. during his speech at the university, the president encouraged the country to continue its transition to democracy after 49 years of military rule. after the speech president obama and secretary of state hillary clinton took off on air force one, which just arrived in cambodia for the east asia summit. we'll have much more on this historic visit throughout the morning. coming up at 6:30, you'll hear from the president and the assurances he's g
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Nov 20, 2012 4:30am PST
israel and hamas to stop fighting. tracie potts has more details on what the obama administration right now is hoping this trip will accomplish. >> reporter: more explosions in gaza this morning as tensions between israel and hamas show no sign of ending. negotiations are under way with egypt as mediator. >> we're encouraged by the cooperation and the consultation we've had with the egyptian leadership. we want to see that, again, support a process that can deescalate the situation. >> reporter: but the two sides are far apart. hamas wants israel to stop killing its leaders. israel insists on a cease-fire first. that's the message secretary of state clinton will take when she meets with israel, egypt and the palestinians. >> we need a little bit of a period of quiet diplomacy to try to de-escalate this. >> reporter: president obama still traveling in asia was on the phone till 2:30 this morning trying to keep this from escalating to a ground war. >> if israelis push across the border, the narrative changes, the picture changes, in way that say will make it that much more difficult to ge
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Nov 16, 2012 5:00pm PST
force responded with more air strikes wiping out a lot of hamas's military arsenal. gaza is densely populated that pinpoint air strikes are affecting the civilian population. 30 palestinians and four israelis are dead. >>> david petraeus was allowed to bypass cameras when he testified before a closed door hearing today. he kept out of sight until he got home. during the hearing he apologized for his affair with paula broadwell and testified that the cia did indeed know immediately it was al qaeda that attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. that attack took the lives of the u.s. ambassador and three others. petraeus says that information was withheld from the general public to not tip out terrorists that u.s. intelligence was on their trail. >>> two co-workers are missing after an oil rig explosion off the coast of louisiana. 11 people were injured on board the platform that happened this morning when a blast of fire ripped through this rig. this is near louisiana not far from the spill of 2010. the company that owns the rig, black elk energy, says no oil has leaked from the platfo
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Nov 19, 2012 4:00am PST
fire. but hamas militants in gaza are still firing rockets into israel, and the palestinian death toll from israeli attacks increases. nbc's stephanie gosk is live this morning in tel aviv for us. stephanie, what can you tell us? >> good morning, veronica. the violence has been intense over the last 24 hours. no sign of it letting up, even as those talks are on going in cairo. so far today, 40 rockets have been launched out of gaza into israel. 33 have fallen. there are no injuries even though two of the rockets, one hit a school and one hit a house, damaging it significantly. the same can't be said on the gaza side. you know, this effort began with the israeli defense forces hitting things like storage facilities and rocket launchers. they've expanded that operation to include the homes of hamas leaders. that has led to a number of civilian casualties, both today and the worst attack on sunday that killed 12 people in one building, a two-story building. ten people from the same family. here in israel, the leadership is saying they will not strike a ceasefire deal until the rockets sto
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Nov 19, 2012 5:30pm PST
. witnesses say it was just attacked by an israeli drone. inside this building are the offices of hamas's television station, the second time in two days it has been targeted by israel, and this time there are casualties. as fire trucks put out the flames, word came from a militant who was killed inside. israel has details about the palestinian militants and seems to be ticking off its hit list, but not always with such precision. palestinians today buried 11 people, including children from the same family, and this morning, israel fired here, killing three people. >> in two minutes they destroyed all of these houses. >> reporter: hamas is not saying how many of their militants israel has assassinated in the last couple of days, by the count, it is 40, they still fired, according to the israeli military. more than 130 today, according to the israe military but are these the lack licks before the cease-fire? diplomat efforts are under way in cairo. egypt knows without a truce the conflict could spread throughout the area. both sides have conditions the leader said israel must stop killin
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Nov 24, 2012 5:30pm PST
-fire in israel and hamas. some saw and some still see a way to leverage morsi's influence with hamas into jump-starting a middle east peace process that was all but dead. morsi's move to extend authoritarian rule by undercutting the courts complicated matters for the u.s. which still sends roughly $1 billion in aid each year to egypt. in the wake of the power grab u.s. officials issued a cautious statement of concern and a call for calm and there is a lot at stake for morsi and his muslim brotherhood as well, there's billions of dollars in imf funds, most important to the u.s. is continued stability in egypt, that peace treaty some three decades old between israel and egypt, absolutely vital for u.s. and western interests. kate? >> mike viqueira at the white house tonight, thank you. >>> another hot spot the white house is keeping an eye on, the situation in israel and gaza, where a three-day-old cease-fire is still holding tonight. amid the rubble, there are signs life is starting to get back to normal, though there are also lingering worries about how long it will last. we get our report ton
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Nov 20, 2012 6:00pm PST
of hope today in the middle east as reports of a truce between israel and hamas, the militant organization that rules the gaza strip. but that hope quickly faded as the region saw some of the heaviest shelling yet. just in the past few hours israel launched an aggressive missile assault on gaza city. they say it's in response to the rocket attacks by hamas. secretary of state hillary clinton cut her asia trip with president obama short to fly to the middle east to help broker a truce. she just wrapped up a meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem. later today she'll meet with the palestinian president and then fly to egypt to meet with mohammed morsi. >> the goal must reach legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> right now, no sign that a deal is even close. besides a cease fire, hamas wants some of the restrictions eased at the gaza border. israel is demanding a long-term agreement and says that if a diplomatic solution is not reached, they're ready for a ground war. people in the bay area are closely watching these developments unfold. let
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Nov 19, 2012 4:30am PST
from hamas and that its military is ready to do more. hamas tells israel they'll, quote, shred you to pieces. the world now concerned about an all-out ground war. >> we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. >> reporter: in thailand, president obama said long-term peace could be threatened if gaza's rockets keep coming. >> we're serious about wanting to resolve this situation and create a genuine peace process. it starts with no more missiles being fired into israel's territory. >> reporter: back home, this reaction in new york's times square. >> free free palestine. >> reporter: and rare unity on capitol hill. >> president obama and others are doing their very best to see if they can't turn hamas' attacks off. >> all of us republicans and democrats stand with the president in supporting israel. >> reporter: israelis and palestinians fearing for their lives, the world fearing a massive conflict may be looming. while traveling in southeast asia, president obama has been on the phone with the prime ministers of israel and turk
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Nov 23, 2012 4:30am PST
. an israeli military spokeswoman says the bomber is a man and is a member of hamas. >>> meanwhile, a new poll out this morning shows israelis are dissatisfied with the recent cease-fire. almost 50% of israelis feel israel should continue to go after the people who fire rockets into israel. 29% think israel should have sent ground troops into gaza. israel and hamas agreed to a cease-fire late wednesday. as the cease-fire continues to hold this morning, hamas leaders are declaring victory. they say israel's decision not to send ground troops into gaza is a testament to the organization's power. israeli leaders say they achieved their goals and inflicted heavy damage on the militants. the eight-day war was the worst cross-border fighting in four years. >>> mexico's president is making one last attempt to change the country's name. the official name of mexico is united mexican state. the name was adopted in 1824 after mexico gained independence from spain but it's rarely used. the mexican president announced he wants to change the country's name simply to mexico because he doesn't want to copy th
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Nov 18, 2012 8:00am PST
against hamas and palestinian militants continuing to fire rockets into civilian areas of southern israel. that's where i want to begin this morning. i've got nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell and "new york times" columnist tom friedman. who better to have to discuss this. tom, as the two sides get closer to the brink, based on your experience and reporting, where is this going? >> let's just go around the horn, david, quickly. i think hamas is trying to use this moment to both break out of the blockade and try to end targeted killing of its leaders from israel, and trying to take advantage of the new arab spring balance of power, the muslim brotherhood in egypt, to leverage that possibility. israel. israel has been watching for the last six to nine months hamas bringing in longer and longer range missiles from iran. i think they saw this as an opportunity of necessity to take those out, missiles that can now hit tel aviv and jerusalem. egypt. this is a real problem for egypt. you have a new government there that needs money from the united states. they don't want
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Nov 22, 2012 6:00am PST
reaching a truce with hamas. the cease-fire ends eight days of rocket fire that killed more than 160 people. as part of the agreement, both sides must work on a deal to open the boarder of gaza. >>> it is the end of the road for hostess. the company has gotten the go ahead to wind down its operations and terminate more than 18,000 jobs. the twinkies, ding dongs and zinger brands may still survive by being sold to other companies. >>> volunteers hard at work at glide memorial in san francisco. they will prepare and serve thanksgiving meals to thousands of homeless and needy people later today. >>> in homes across the bay area, ovens right now getting set. they're preheating them. i'm being told that's how you do it to cook those thanksgiving birds. you have to heat before you go in, i guess? something like that. >> for expert tips and advice, we're joined on the phone by tara groburski, a butterball turkey expert. good morning, tara. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. and happy thanksgiving to you. >> same to you. now, i can't imagine waking up and not having that bird thawed but i bet a l
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Nov 19, 2012 7:00am PST
deadly violence in the middle east overnight between israel and hamas. nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in gaza this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt, it is not a good time to be a hamas military leader on the strip. they are being systematically picked off, killed in their homes, in cars, on motorcycles, many have gone into hiding, turning off cell phones, avoiding all usual locations. israel's war to stop hamas' rockets continued. with 100 strikes in the air and from the sea. hamas is still able to launch homemade, iranian made rockets towards southern israel and tel aviv. there were around 40 new launches today. not all are hitting their mark because in israel there's a new national hero, the mobile iron dome defense system, proving to be the most effective of its kind in the world. of the thousand rockets israel says hamas fired in the last six days, about a third have been intercepted by the iron dome. in gaza, there are no air defenses at all, and israel appears to have superb intelligence, locating and destroying individual hamas home
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Nov 21, 2012 6:00am PST
decides he's going to try to control hamas or he's not. if he doesn't, we can pull the plug on assistance. >> remember, a cease-fire was supposed to happen yesterday. instead, the death toll with more than 150 palestinians killed. dozens of them civilians. compared to 5 israelis. just coming across the wire right now, a u.n. aid agency says some 10,000 gazans have evacuated their homes and are staying in u.n.-run schools after the israeli military dropped off leaflet, warning them to evacuate there. a very scary reality. >> thank you very much. >>> closer to home, an oakland man found dead after an hours long search and rescue effort. this all happened at the old rock kwoquarry in oakland. the man's roommate called 911 after he'd been gone for more than an hour. they live in a condo with no backyard and a balcony that overlooks the water-filled quarry 100 feet below. the man had gone out looking for his cat. unfortunately, never came back. divers from the sheriff's office searched that water until finding the man's body at about 12:00 this morning. the fire department at this hour is not
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Nov 22, 2012 8:30pm PST
of peace in the middle east, hamas' military wing is claiming victory over israel. what they say proves they won the border conflict. stay with us. >>> in the middle east tonight the military wing of hamas is declaring victory over israel. thousands of supporters celebrated on this first day of calm after this brokered truce by egypt. this was the worst cross-border fighting in eight years. israeli leaders say they achieved their goals and inflicted heavy damage on the militants. hamas said the decision not to send in ground troops was a testament to their power. an arab man was detained for protestanting the bomb that injured 15 people. officials say the investigation is still under way and more arrests are expected. the bombing has raised concerns that palestinian militants are slipping in from the nearby west bank. the israeli army says it will continue to maintain order to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into the community, especially after yesterday's truce. >>> still ahead, tragedy turned into a valuable lesson. friends of a young bay area woman who died in a traffic crash
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Nov 15, 2012 5:00am PST
their case. we'll take a look coming. >>> welcome back, everyone. it's 5:13. israel and hamas on the edge of full-out war this morning. three israelis killed by rocket attack a day after israeli air strike. scott mcgrew says the two sides both using social media in ways never before tried. interesting. >> reporter: it is strange and it's fascinating and it's a bit chilling, laura. hamas military leader was killed in an israeli air strike and that was posted to youtube. meanwhile, israeli president perez announced the killing on a posting on facebook. he was most extreme man, wrote perez, in charge of the attacks and assassinations from gaza to israel. meanwhile, the israeli defense force tweeted out this, a poster of sorts, that lists jabari's crimes with the stamp eliminated across it. and then tweeted we rec that no hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead. the opposition taking to flickr. some pictures are so graphic we can't show them on television. al jazeera live tweeting. you are looking at a live picture of the gaza str
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Nov 15, 2012 6:00am PST
israeli defense forces killed a leader of hamas. scott mcgrew says both sides are making chilling statements on social media of all things this morning. >> yes, from facebook to twitter, flickr, youtube, silicon valley technology taking as big a part in this war as military technology is. just a few minutes ago, the israeli defense force tweeted good morning to our friends in america. while you were sleeping, three israelis were killed when a rocket hit their house. you saw that video there. now, when hamas military leader was killed yesterday, video of that strike was posted to youtube. we're not going to show you the actual killing, but you can look it up. and the israeli president announced that killing in a posting on facebook. israeli defense forces then tweeted out this. it's kind of a poster that lists jabari's crimes and you see that stamp, eliminated, across it. an official tweet from an army we have never seen anything quite like this. the idf also tweeting this warning. we recommend that no hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above gr
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Nov 16, 2012 6:00am PST
and hamas agreeing to stop the rocket launches while egypt's prime minister visits gaza today for about a three-hour trip but that deal collapsed as both sides accused the other of violating it. in fact we're getting word an israeli missile hit the hamas interior ministry in gaza and now that building is in complete ruins. so as evening approaches over there, we are going to keep our eye on this very fluid situation to see what happens once the sun sets. jon. >> such a long history of conflict there, marla. thank you very much. >>> well, this morning we are hearing from the family of a san jose marine shot and killed by palm springs. >> it's too much, too much pain, too much pain in our hearts. >> i couldn't believe it, man. he was just with me last tuesday and now he's gone. >> last night dozens of family members, military and friends, gathering for a vigil to remember corporal allan devillena. the 22-year-old died after police shot him in a parking garage on saturday. police there say they started shooting after the marine hit an officer with his car. three officers right now are on l
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Nov 20, 2012 5:00am PST
israel and hamas. marla tellez is in the newsroom with the very latest from that region. good morning, marla. >> reporter: jon, good morning. it's being called an emergency mission. overnight the white house announcing secretary of state hillary clinton is off to israel as the rocket fire shows no sign of letting up between the israelis and hamas. six days into this deadly operation and the new numbers show about 115 palestinians have been killed. almost half of those civilians and nearly 850 people have been hurt. with more than 1,000 rockets fired from each side, israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu saying today a broader military option is a very real option. -- operation, rather. tanks and ground troops still occupy the gaza border ready to go in at a moment's notice. negotiations are under way with egypt as mediator and now secretary clinton there to share her expertise. >> we are encouraged by the cooperation and the consultation we've had with the egyptian leadership. we want to see that, again, support a process that can de-escalate the situation. >> reporter: also new
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Nov 25, 2012 8:00am PST
-fire between israel and hamas, he is now consolidating power. how worry side the administration about it? >> very worried, but they are very, very cautious because he is their new point of leverage really with hamas. he is the future, they thought, of trying to negotiate something and revive the israeli-palestinian talks. and now suddenly he seizes power. he was looking for this opportunity. he is threatened by the judiciary and the other mubarak forces who have, he believes, stopped the constitutional process and stymied that. but for him to do this now, at his point of greatest authority, puts the administration in a bind. and it's unclear how this is going to resolve. >> david brooks, there's a larger strategic question. there's egypt, gaza, syria, iran. there's a president's second term that's got to be dominated by this region. >> i think so. it's the middle east, so there's good news and bad news. the good news is that the obama administration did an excellent job of supporting israel all through this. made israel feel moderate and the arabs feel realistic. the second piece of good
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Nov 19, 2012 5:00pm PST
targeting hamas leaders. but civilians also hurt and killed in the explosions. meanwhile, palestinians continue to fire rockets from gaza. officials say both sides are willing to make a deal to end the violence on certain conditions. israel wants the rocket attacks to stop. palestinian militants want israel to lift its 2006 blockade of gaza. [ closing bell ] >>> hopes of a deal on the federal budget drove the stock market to its biggest gain in two months. the dow closed up 207 points today, just shy of the 12,800 mark. now over the weekend, lawmakers suggested signs of progress regarding the impending fiscal cliff. >>> well, if you're flying out of oakland airport for the holidays, you might see some picketers. port workers are going on strike. more than 200 airport and port workers offers oakland are getting ready to walk the picket line. a one-day strike begins tonight at 9:00. members of the service employees international union, including plumber, maintenance workers, custodians and security guards plan to take part. they say they've been without a contract for more than a year, a
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Nov 20, 2012 5:00pm PST
from earlier today when we heard a deal was made between israel and hamas, the militant group that rules the gaza strip. but that deal is still being negotiated. secretary of state hillary clinton flew to jerusalem today to help broke they're truce. she met with benjamin netanyahu and also also meet with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. this situation is being watched closely by a lot of people here in the bay area. for more on that, let's bring in nbc bay area's jodi hernandez who joins us from emeryville. jodi? >> reporter: raj, there are a lot of folks here in the bay area who have friends and family members either in israel or in the gaza strip. they are very worried by what is happening there. now, we got a taste today of what folks in that area are going through. as you mentioned, it is a region that is still very much under fire tonight. we caught up with the residents of gaza via skype this afternoon. a woman who has been praying for a ceasefire. but judging by the shelling outside her house, it hadn't taken hold yet. >> i was feeling relief when i hear about the c
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Nov 21, 2012 11:00pm PST
are waking up to a peaceful morning. a cease-fire was announced today between hamas and israel. live pictures of gaza city. it's a little after 9:00 a.m. they're recovering from 1,500 israeli air strikes while hamas fired over 1,000 rockets towards israel. 100 palestinians and 5 israelis were reportedly killed. >>> and this was the scene earlier today. thousands of people in gaza took to the streets to celebrate the cease-fire. they see it as a political victory. secretary of state hillary clinton helped broker this agreement. experts point out this is a cease-fire and not a peace deal. >> it's a creative way to at least, you know, stop the firing. but it doesn't necessarily solve the larger issue. >> people of this region deserve the chance to live free from fear and violence. and today's agreement is a step in the right direction. that we should build on. >> prime minister benjamin netanyahu says if the truce does not hold, israel would consider more severe military action against the palestinian territory. >>> here at home, the lawyer of the man charged in a deadly crime spree says his cli
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Nov 25, 2012 3:30pm PST
-fire hamas is defiant. >> they won the war. >> reporter: what about beginning the real peace proc s process. >> with hamas forget about it. anything with israel is f forbidd forbidden. what drives them is islam. >> reporter: news of the first testing of the first anti-rocket missile. it was moved up due to the general sense of urgency. officials said it was successful. martin fletcher, tel aviv. >>> firefighters are searching for victims a day after a fire tore through a garment factory in bangladesh killing 112 people. many were unable to escape because they became trapped by flames. fire officials say the building lacked emergency exits. it makes products for walmart and other businesses in the u.s. >>> congress returned from the holidays still facing the fiscal cliff. if a deal can't be reached by january 1st americans will face half a trillion more in taxes next year coupled with a hundred billion dollars in cuts to domestic and defense spending. since the reagan era most republicans have day caretaken promising they won't raise taxes. mike viqueira says there may be flexibility on both
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Nov 26, 2012 5:00pm PST
, a leader of hamas is warning that a fragile ceasefire in gaza could flare back into violence if negotiators don't come to agreement quickly. negotiations have to proceed through egyptian messagers because israel and the united states consider hamas a terrorist organization. >>> still ahead here at 5:00, it's a distinction that universities don't want. the bay area school, though, near the top of this dubious list. >>> and a blockbuster acquisition that never was. google tied to a takeover deal the company is now calling a hoax. >>> and a celebration filled with secret information. how sensitive information might have been leaked in the macy's thanksgiving day parade. >>> and good afternoon. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. already a cool night on tap with temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s from san francisco to napa, and santa rosa also about 59. and get ready. a wet week ahead. we're tracking a series of storms to let you know hen the rain arrives, coming up in a few minutes. ♪ secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart
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Nov 19, 2012 5:00am PST
delicious. >>> right now we have a developing story, that conflict between israel and hamas appears to be escalating toward a ground war right now. from overseas this morning, president obama there putting his support behind israel and lawmakers up on capitol hill, both democrats and republicans are backing that move. tracie potts is live on capitol hill this morning with that very tense situation in the middle east. it appears this one just continues to slide in the wrong direction. >> reporter: six days, jon, into this conflict and we've got new video to show you of more blasts this morning. early this morning we got word of more israeli rockets being fired. also some 45 rockets being fired out of gaza into southern israel. it just seems to be going back and forth. meantime the world is concerned about this escalating conflict turning into an all-out ground war. israel has said they have got troops on the ready to go into these palestinian areas if necessary. china weighing in now, asking israel to show maximum restraint and not exercise overuse of force here. egypt is involved. t
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Nov 16, 2012 11:00am PST
and hitting near the commercial capital of tel aviv and jerusalem. hamas targets have hit and fired more than 450 rockets. so far, 20 people have been killed. most of those palestinians. >>> closer to home, marla, nothing short of problematic on capitol hill. david petraeus testifying on capitol hill. the focus is the september attacks on the u.s. embassy in benghazi. the hearing was not open to the public or the media. committee chair peter king said petraeus testified that he, quote, he thought he made it all along he made it clear there was terrorist involvement, unquote when he briefed the committee on september 14th. >> today was that from the start and he told us this was a terrorist attack of the terrorist involvement from the start. i said i had different recollections of that. the overwhelming almost of evidence was that it was a demonstration and not a terrorist attack. >> king also adds there is question right now whether the obama administration changed the initial talking points about what was said publicly about the deadly attacks. >>> another bay area tech company began selling
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Nov 17, 2012 5:30pm PST
attacks on hamas. the president is trying to make peace with congressional republicans at home. they have until december 31st to compromise on tax cuts and spending. or risk taking the nation over the fiscal cliff that could imperil the economy. meanwhile, law makers are waging partisan battles over u.n. ambassador susan wright. whether it makes her unfit to serve as secretary of state. hearings, brought david petraeus out of seclusion. he wasn't talking about the sex scandal that is sending shock waves through the capital. for the president, post election trip, but no vocation after a busy week. brian mohr, nbc news, washington. >> in the bay area, a storm headed our way. right now. for the latest. we want to check in with rob. >> we are watching the rain. flig ma flying mainly to the north of the golden gate bridge. north bay. marin. along highway 101. seeing the rain there. back out to the coast. out towards bodega bay. and moderate rain coming in. not quite down to the golden gate or downtown san francisco. within the next hour. we'll see the cyst,000 tell moving on. fairly fast movin
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